Firing up your oil furnace for the first time in fall means that the season has changed from outdoor barbecues to cozy evenings spent indoors. To ensure those evenings remain warm and cozy, though, you need to take some steps now to ensure your furnace is ready for the harsh winter months ahead. The following tips will help you get your oil furnace ready.
Tip #1: Check for leaks
An oil leak doesn't just lead to wasted fuel; it can also be a fire hazard. Checking during early fall, before your first oil fillup, is an excellent decision since you will be able to tell if anything has leaked out during the summer months. Begin by checking your tank, particularly around the fill and overflow valve, for any sticky residue. Next, ensure the furnace is powered off and check the oil burner for any puddles of leaking oil. If you spot a leak, have the furnace professionally inspected before turning it on. Usually, you just need to replace a gasket, but it's best to be safe and have it checked out.
Tip #2: Clean vital parts
An oil furnace does produce some soot, and cleaning it off the affected parts increases efficiency. The stack control can get covered in quite a bit of residue, so it's worthwhile to have it cleaned every fall before the next heating season begins. The oil burner nozzle can also get coated in the residue, which can inhibit proper firing on of the furnace. A professional service will make sure the stack control and burner are cleaned.
They will also remove any dust or debris from the blower and lubricate it properly to ensure that these vital parts are all clean and running properly. Cleaning the burner has another benefit. Dust tends to settle on the burner during the summer of disuse, which is why you get a burnt odor when you first fire on the furnace. Having these working cleaned minimizes this odor.
Tip #3: Get rid of the dust
The last task to get your furnace ready is easy enough that you can do it yourself. Begin by removing the register covers from your vents, then use the hose attachment on your vacuum to remove the dust that settles in the ducts over summer. Next, change out the filters on your furnace for new ones. It's best to change furnace filters in fall instead of in spring. If you change the filters in spring, dust can settle on them over the summer months and minimize the filter's efficiency. By waiting until fall, you know your new filters are clean and ready to work.
Contact your local furnace repair services for more help.
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